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Robin Reliant
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Post by Robin Reliant » Sat Jul 28, 2018 9:58 pm

What have I done - only gone and bought another old car haven't I. The truth is I have fancied owning a GTE for some time now and with some coercion from a so-called friend and fellow RSSOC member I have taken the plunge and bought an 1971 SE5a. The car has been standing for some time due to the illness and eventual death of the previous owner so I am currently undertaking a full service and general check-over, and sorting out a few problems such as the left turn indicators which currently don't work. The car came with extensive history from 1988 but nothing before that date so if anybody has any knowledge of LRF853K I'd love to hear from you. 'And what about the Only Fools and Horses references' I hear you ask. A Reliant three-wheeler was my first car when I was 16 back in 1968 - a Regal soft-top, so my new car is a sort of homecoming.
Looking forward to hearing from and meeting lots of RSSOC members in the years ahead,
Yours,
Robin Reliant



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Post by MikeyBikey » Sat Jul 28, 2018 10:04 pm

Brilliant and welcome. I have similar, 5a. Fantastic car


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Post by ScimiTom » Sat Jul 28, 2018 10:38 pm

Welcome! Yours must be an early 5a, like mine (November 1971, K reg). All the best with getting the car sorted - and show us some photos when you can!

Tom


Current: 'Boffin' (1971 SE5a)
Previous: 'Sunshine' (1980 SE6b)

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Post by Elizabeth's dad » Sat Jul 28, 2018 10:42 pm

Welcome to the world of the se5a. Your car is listed on the RSSOC register, but I have no information other than chassis and registration numbers


Jim

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Post by scimjim » Sat Jul 28, 2018 10:56 pm

Welcome :D


Jim King

Current: SE5 (8Ball), TI SS1 (snotty), 1600 SS1 (G97), 1600 SS1 (C686CCR), 2.5TD SE5a (diesel 5a), 6 x random other SS1s.
Previous: SE5, 3 x SE5a, 2 x SE6a, 3 x SE6b, GTC, 2.9i GTC, 3 x 1600 SS1, 1300 SS1, Mk1 Ti Sabre, Mk1.5 CVH Sabre
Chief mechanic for: 1400 K series SS1 (Megan3), 1400 CVH EFi SS1 (Grawpy), Sabre/MX5 auto (The Flying Broomstick),
1300 SS1 (Number One) & Sarah's coupe.
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Post by Roger Pennington » Sun Jul 29, 2018 10:54 am

Welcome to the forum, and the Club, and congratulations on your car! :D

If you're around Curborough (near Lichfield, Staffs.) on the weekend of 17/18/19 August, then it would be worth joining us for the biggest Scimitar event of the year, more details here. A good opportunity to meet people and see many other cars, plus visiting the traders and autojumble if you're chasing some obscure spare parts. :wink:


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Post by Robin Reliant » Sun Jul 29, 2018 12:31 pm

Thanks to all for your welcomes and good wishes. I have sent a bit of history that I have covering 1988 to the present. I will be at Curborough on the Saturday, hopefully with the car if I can fit a new oil pressure pipe to the gauge, having cleverly damaged the existing one by trapping it under the rocker cover :cry: so look forward to meeting as many as possible then.



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Post by scimjim » Sun Jul 29, 2018 5:01 pm

Club traders sell a braided steel pipe - fit and forget unlike the plastic originals.


Jim King

Current: SE5 (8Ball), TI SS1 (snotty), 1600 SS1 (G97), 1600 SS1 (C686CCR), 2.5TD SE5a (diesel 5a), 6 x random other SS1s.
Previous: SE5, 3 x SE5a, 2 x SE6a, 3 x SE6b, GTC, 2.9i GTC, 3 x 1600 SS1, 1300 SS1, Mk1 Ti Sabre, Mk1.5 CVH Sabre
Chief mechanic for: 1400 K series SS1 (Megan3), 1400 CVH EFi SS1 (Grawpy), Sabre/MX5 auto (The Flying Broomstick),
1300 SS1 (Number One) & Sarah's coupe.
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Post by Robin Reliant » Sun Jul 29, 2018 8:09 pm

Thanks Jim. I've ordered one of the braided ones from Graham Walker. Do you think I'll be able to get to the back of the oil pressure gauge without dismantling the dashboard?



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Post by *JP* » Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:28 pm

Robin Reliant wrote:
Sun Jul 29, 2018 8:09 pm
Thanks Jim. I've ordered one of the braided ones from Graham Walker. Do you think I'll be able to get to the back of the oil pressure gauge without dismantling the dashboard?
Didn't mean to thank you,just pressed the wrong button!...but,in the absence of the experts I can tell you that you can get to the dashboard end without great difficulty.Don't remember the details but have no recall of any trauma...my pipe wasn't clipped properly under the bonnet and burnt through on the exhaust manifold...plastic is not a good idea,braided is the way to go.



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Post by scimjim » Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:41 pm

Missed this, sorry. So long since I’ve played with a 5a dash that I couldn’t be certain of the difficulty level - but don’t forget to cover the braided pipe where it sits behind the dash, just in case a floating live wire jumps out :D


Jim King

Current: SE5 (8Ball), TI SS1 (snotty), 1600 SS1 (G97), 1600 SS1 (C686CCR), 2.5TD SE5a (diesel 5a), 6 x random other SS1s.
Previous: SE5, 3 x SE5a, 2 x SE6a, 3 x SE6b, GTC, 2.9i GTC, 3 x 1600 SS1, 1300 SS1, Mk1 Ti Sabre, Mk1.5 CVH Sabre
Chief mechanic for: 1400 K series SS1 (Megan3), 1400 CVH EFi SS1 (Grawpy), Sabre/MX5 auto (The Flying Broomstick),
1300 SS1 (Number One) & Sarah's coupe.
CURE THE FAULT - NOT THE SYMPTOMS

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Post by scimjim » Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:43 pm

*JP* wrote:
Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:28 pm
Didn't mean to thank you,just pressed the wrong button!
Pressing the button again, removes unintended thanks :D


Jim King

Current: SE5 (8Ball), TI SS1 (snotty), 1600 SS1 (G97), 1600 SS1 (C686CCR), 2.5TD SE5a (diesel 5a), 6 x random other SS1s.
Previous: SE5, 3 x SE5a, 2 x SE6a, 3 x SE6b, GTC, 2.9i GTC, 3 x 1600 SS1, 1300 SS1, Mk1 Ti Sabre, Mk1.5 CVH Sabre
Chief mechanic for: 1400 K series SS1 (Megan3), 1400 CVH EFi SS1 (Grawpy), Sabre/MX5 auto (The Flying Broomstick),
1300 SS1 (Number One) & Sarah's coupe.
CURE THE FAULT - NOT THE SYMPTOMS

Martineyre
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Post by Martineyre » Sun Aug 19, 2018 10:47 pm

Robin Reliant wrote:
Sat Jul 28, 2018 9:58 pm
What have I done - only gone and bought another old car haven't I. The truth is I have fancied owning a GTE for some time now and with some coercion from a so-called friend and fellow RSSOC member I have taken the plunge and bought an 1971 SE5a.
Hello Robin! What do you mean "so-called friend". Thought I'd put you off them 30 years ago with my first one, then the second and now the third! You'll soon enjoy that love-hate relationship!


1973 SE5a, 1977 SE6a, 1978 SE6a V8 - Work in progress, but aren't they all?

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